It is vital that the needs of the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged are at the centre of the debate about climate change, the Archbishop of Westminster said at the ecumenical service before The Wave in London today
More than 20 senior church leaders have gathered for a church service with more than 3,000 other Christians to support the London Wave, urging an ambitious, fair and effective deal at the Copenhagen Summit on climate change.
Right-wing campaigners and journalists reviving denial of human-made climate change are facing strong criticism from scientists, academics and NGOs. They are accused of trying to derail the Copenhagen climate summit.
“We believe the United Nations Climate Change Conference is a place where faith and science must intersect” says an open letter posted on The United Church of Canada’s website ahead of the vital Copenhagen meeting.
Unavoidable climate change will cost Africa at least 1.7 per cent of its GDP by 2040 – US$26.35 billion a year at current rates - and leave millions more people suffering from hunger, diseases, floods and water shortages.
The climate-change campaign needs a sense of can-do enthusiasm, says Giles Fraser. It would be really something if faith leaders were able to help replace gloomy defeatism with a broader version of something Christians call hope.
The Wave, a visual protest being organised by the Stop Climate Chaos coalition, promises to be the UK's biggest-ever demonstration in support of international environmental action to combat climate change.